Nicknamed the “Mayor of Berkeley streets,” Diehl was active in Berkeley politics for decades and provided mental health and counseling services to the poor, the homeless, and the mentally ill.
The loss of so many leading Berkeley activists who worked to give unsheltered people a greater say in their living conditions is sorely felt, but the fight will go on, say advocates.
A week after announcing plans to build 1K student units in People’s Park, Carol Christ said she will push to build on 9 other sites too, and released renderings of the park plans.
A coalition of advocates for Berkeley’s homeless community gathered online to sing, pray and demand justice for the unhoused people.
Two people have been killed in 2019 while crossing the street; about 89 have been injured.